Ronald Koeman explains why he snubbed Barcelona job but is open to future role


Ronald Koeman knocked back Barcelona as he didn’t want to let down his country.

The former defender is currently in charge of the Holland national team and has masterminded some impressive performances.

He was a serious contender to take over at the Nou Camp after Ernesto Valverde was sent packing.

But Koeman turned down the opportunity and the Catalans moved for Quique Setien instead.

Nevertheless, the 56-year-old claimed he’d welcome the opportunity to take charge in the future.

“They called me and I said no because of the commitment I have with my national team,” he explained to Spanish daily Marca .

“After two years, I have the chance to leave.

“I [basically] have two two-year contracts, so after the European Championships is the time to evaluate. Two years for each major tournament.

“I can’t leave the Netherlands three months before a competition.”

Barca are currently in transition with both Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez entering the twilight of their careers.

Koeman refuted suggestion that this is a bad time to take the reins, though.

“No, I don’t think it was a bad time,” he added.

“What happened is that I have my motives with tbe Netherlands.

“Barcelona can always win big things, they have very good players, they have options to sign the best players…

“If I’d have been out of a job then sure, everyone likes Barcelona.

“It doesn’t matter what situation they’re in.

“I had my best spell as a player there, at Barcelona, and I have lots of love for the city. So, let’s hope that I can coach Barcelona one day.”

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